Release Date: October 13, 2017  |  Feature Film  |  Open Road Pictures

The early life of Thurgood Marshall as a young attorney for the NAACP.

“If comic-book superheroes get origin stories, why shouldn’t Supreme Court justices? With its punchy, one-word title, “Marshall” sounds like it might be our introduction to some kind of pulp enforcer, but is in fact the story of ambitious young civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall — who would go on to become the first African-American associate justice named to the highest court in the land — and one of his early cases. Reminiscent of the uphill battle Atticus Finch tries in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Connecticut v. Joseph Spell finds Marshall defending a terrified black chauffeur who stands accused of the rape and attempted murder of his white employer.” — Variety

When to watch: In theaters October 13, 2017

Take Action: The film explores topics dominating contemporary discussions of criminal justice reform – race and class. Organizations named in honor of Thurgood Marshall, NAACP local units and related nonprofits can organize fundraisers in conjunction with film screenings during its opening weekend. Consider writing op-eds or blog posts discussing the intersection of racial discrimination and class prejudice in the criminal justice system today. Additionally, considering black people are vastly underrepresented in the law profession – a dearth that is especially troubling in light of evidence illustrating white attorney bias against black clients — consider using the film to initiate a Twitter chat discussing how black lawyers can make a difference in the criminal justice system.

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